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Hi Guys,

I was just curious if anyone here uses MaximDL as a guiding software. I'm fairly new to Maxim but I have been using it to guide and it does seem to do an OK job. When I watch the graphing component I get nothing but shark's teeth and I can't seem to smooth out the 'Curve'. Is this graphical saw tooth display typical or are you getting a smooth curve?



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I use Maxim to guide. I've not seen shark's teeth. I'll take a look next time I shoot. Which graph are you seeing this in?
Hi Charles,

I may be over reacting to the situation but I when see that sort of motion on a graph I think the guiding is over correcting then under correcting and starts that 'Rocking' motion.I have thrown up a screen shot I took a couple weeks ago of Maxim in use however it's not such a good representation of the graph as it's on over the course of a minute I believe.

Anyway, if you don't mind and you remember, I would appreciate you taking a look or taking a screen shot of your guiding graph while guiding.

Thanks Charles.


I use MaximDL for guiding and the curve is pretty smooth most nights. If you are getting a saw tooth curve it could be backlash in your mount, although that often causes a square wave. You may want to look at your minimum and maximum move settings. If the minimum setting is too high it may drift quite a bit befor it corrects, hence the saw tooth. You can go to the site below to determine what your minimum and maximum setting should be.


Hi Bernard,

This looks like the information I was looking for! In the CCDWare Calc. they refer to the "AutoGuiding Method" and give three choices, being "Guider Relays, Direct Guide, and Auto Dither". Do you have any idea which one of the three would suite me better? I am using a DSI ll camera with a GPUSB from Shoestring Astronomy.

If I am following the calculations correctly my guiding rate is 0.5 sidereal. My autoguider image scale is 206.265/500mm x 9.6μm = 3.96 whereby 206.265 = constant; 500mm = FL of guiding scope; 9.6μm = pixel size (DSI PRO as guider)

The peak to peak allowable error calculation is referring to the actual imaging scale I take it?
Imaging scope FL = 770mm; pixel size = 8.6μm so 206.265/770mm x 8.6 = 2.30 75% of this is 1.73 Does this sound correct to you?

Thanks again Bernard I hope this will eventually do it. Cloudy now but I hope to get out tomorrow and give it a try!


I am not that familar with the GPUSB but it lloks to me like you need "Guider Relays". This setting is used when you have an external guide camera correctling the mount. I can see that the GPUSB connects your mount to a computer, but what do you use as a guide camera?

Your calculations look correct. Based on what you have I come up with a Min. Move = 0.115, and a Max. Move= 0.691 assuming Max Move = 3 X Min. Move. Is this what you got?

Hi Bernard,

That's pretty darn close to what I ended up with. The reason I wasn't so sure on the Autoguiding Method was that in Maxim under the guiding tab "Autoguider Output Control Via" there are several to choose from. I see the "Guider Relays" but the one I have to use is the last one down the list which is "GPUSB" The camera guider is a DSI PRO. I noticed that there were several other good apps and guiding info inside CCDWare!

Thanks Bernard!!

Hi Emil,

I didn't realize that you could use the DSI as a guider without using the Shoestring GPUSB devise. Would you be able to 'Talk' me through setting it up? I am using a Celestron CGE mount.

I got some GREAT advise from Bernard about setting up the MAX MIN move under the advanced setting tab. I think it has made a smoother looking graph with respect to errors. I have tried it with the new settings but not under the best of conditions. I am still waiting for a better night for testing but there looks to be improvement!

Any comments or suggestions are always appreciated and valued! I am slowly getting there!

me too. I've got a cGEM mount and would love to use my DSI II over the Starshoot anyday of the week,
Hi Emil,

Thank you for the information. I wonder if not using the GPUSB from Shoestring the commands are sent quicker or slower to the motors? Anyway, if you could send me some screen shots that would be great. How did you arrive at your min/max setting under the advanced settings in Maxim? From my guiding and imaging parameters above, do you think Bernard and I calculated the min/max correctly? If you could also send/post a screen shot of the Maxim graph while you are guiding?
Thanks Emil.

There sure is a lot of great help in the group!

Thanks Emil for the additional information and the screen shot. It will all be very useful to me!



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